|A hill of red cranberry beans.|
It is also when the garden takes, as you can by the hill of beans shown above. The weather in my suburb is fine and the bugs aren't so annoying I can't enjoy sitting in the shade of my backyard this beautiful Sunday morning. This is craftsteading at its finest and once I'm done writing, I'll bring my spinning wheel outside to finish up the chestnut alpaca singles.
|Chestnut alpaca plied into fine yarn for weaving. This bobbin is now full.|
|Tomatoes, peppers and basil in the new section of garden.|
Knowing the rhythms of the year is essential for anyone who goes to the farmers market in an attempt to live locally and sustainably. I'm sure you've all heard warnings about the "fake" non-local produce available. Understanding the rhythm of the seasons is how you tell the real local produce from the guy who buys pallets shipped from Mexico. For instance, there should be no peppers or tomatoes at this time of year. They don't start until later in the summer. The watermelons you see are likely from Mexico. If we didn't have our huge global network of roads and farms, most of the foods we take for granted wouldn't be available.
|The rich browns of these alpaca batts where lost in the camera flash, but you get some idea|